Beskids all togetherNew temporary exhibition at the Museum of Municipal Engineering in Krakow
Unique exhibition of prototypes of the most modern Polish car from the communist period.
Welcome to the new temporary exhibition "Beskids All Together". This is a unique exhibition, where, for the first time for 33 years, all the surviving prototypes of car FSM 106 Beskid were gathered together.
The design of this car was developed in the years 1980-1987 in Ośrodek Badawczo-Rozwojowy Samochodów Małolitrażowych (The Research and Development Centre of Low-capacity Cars) in Bielsko-Biala, in cooperation with the Academies of Fine Arts in Warsaw and Krakow, Krakow University of Technology and Przemysłowy Instytut Motoryzacji (Industrial Automotive Institute) in Warsaw.
In the eighties Beskid was a modern vehicle, which design, developed by a team of Polish engineers, have not got old until today. One-box body, inspired by the shape of a drop, has been refined in terms of aerodynamics and had a very low drag coefficient, Cx ratio of 0.29. This value in the 80s. was hard to obtain, even in sports cars.
Despite its advantages Beskid was not put into mass production. The decisive factors were of economic and political nature. However, the assumptions developed by the Poles proved to be very accurate, evidenced by the fact that in the majority of currently produced popular cars one may find similarities to the shape of Beskid.
At the exhibition, in addition to the six prototypes once used for testing, one can see a model for second-generation Beskid in 1:1 scale. Design study of this car was developed in the years 1987-1991 in cooperation with the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow.
The exhibition is available until August 7, 2016.